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Congratulations Bonnie Ayars!

ADSA Press release:

Dr. Bonnie Ayars Receives Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award

Champaign, IL – The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Dr. Bonnie Ayars as the 2015 recipient of the Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award was created to recognize a candidate who has had significant involvement in dairy‐related youth activities either in a professional or volunteer capacity for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall be highly regarded in the dairy industry for his or her role in personal development of dairy youth and for enhancing knowledge of and interest in the dairy industry. The winner need not be a member of the American Dairy Science Association and may have worked with youth of any age, in many possible capacities such as coach, counselor, teacher, advisor, mentor, chaperone, or supervisor.

Bonnie Ayars’s entire professional life has been devoted to inspiring youth. She has benefited the youth in keeping them focused on the opportunities in the dairy industry and has benefited the dairy industry by keeping many of these wonderfully talented young people focused on working in this dynamic industry. She has guided many young lives through academic and personal issues, officially as a guidance counselor, as a dairy judging coach, and as a friend. Since her arrival at Ohio State to work with dairy youth programs, she has increased participation in the dairy youth events and developed additional outstanding programs, such as Dairy Palooza. Whether in the classroom, at a dairy show or other dairy event, or at home, Ayars is a teacher. The purpose of the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award is to recognize the dedication and effect of people like Bonnie Ayars on youth, for which she has been engaged for more than 40 years.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and Hoard's Dairyman present Dr. Bonnie Ayars with the 2015 Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award.